Education

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Another New Game Art Update

Hey Chinese Fridge fans, just wanted to share another quick update on new art for the upcoming American Food vocabulary game!

In addition to the foods above, there are a few others that are sure to get your appetite for learning going.

We hope you’re as excited as us for the next app! Can you guess what the other food items will be?

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Counting in Chinese for Kids Made Easy

We’ve noticed a lot of parents looking for ways to teach counting in Chinese for kids. Luckily, there are a lot of great resources to explain counting in Chinese for kids, which includes a wide range of free videos. Check these out:

This video not only teaches how to count from 1 to 10 in Chinese, it also includes a common Childrens’ song that helps practice the numbers 1 through 7, as well as a few other words. Includes Chinese characters, pinyin, and English translation.

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Free Summer Online Chinese Learning Resource For Kids in Immersion Classes

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A great, free resource to help kids learn and practice Chinese is available this summer — perfect for immersion students.

The website features online Chinese learning study materials for first grade through fourth grade, and is made free to the public by the Utah Chinese Dual Language Immersion STARTALK 2013 Summer website. Shout out to miparentscouncil.org for helping spread the word.

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Chinese School: A List of Chinese Immersion Schools Across the Country

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If you’re looking for a Chinese school for your student to attend, you may want to check out an invaluable list of Chinese immersion schools we discovered recently. In fact, your search for a Chinese school may be over when you see the this list of Chinese immersion schools, published online by the Mandarin Immersion Parents Council on May 21, 2013, but last updated August 7, 2012.

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Chinese for Kids: 10 Easy Ways to Learn Chinese

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When it comes to Chinese for kids, parents are always looking for resources. Learning Chinese can be challenging for kids, and finding good, quality learning materials can be even more of a challenge. With that in mind, we’re always trying to make learning Chinese for kids as simple and accessible as possible. To help you in your quest to learn Chinese, here are ten quick ideas you can use to regularly improve your student’s Chinese:

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Chinese Characters: Simplified or Traditional?

For people who don’t have a background in Chinese, the distinction between simplified and traditional forms of Chinese characters may be unclear. In fact, many people don’t realize that Chinese characters have these two forms of standard writing. So for those contemplating studying Chinese or just starting out, which version is best to learn?

Simplified vs. traditional Chinese characters

It’s important to first note that this can be a very sensitive cultural and political issue for many people, so it may be best to avoid debates around simplified and traditional Chinese. In this post and on this site, we aim to completely avoid taking any side and simply want to provide information to our readers. In fact, our game app Chinese Fridge features both simplified and traditional Chinese characters because both are used by millions of people and have their own desirable aspects.

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Pinyin: A Chinese Alphabet Learning System

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Chinese teachers and educators almost unanimously agree that Chinese must be learned with Chinese characters, but most are also using the Pinyin Chinese alphabet system to help facilitate learning. While the Pinyin alphabet shouldn’t be used exclusively to learn Chinese or as a writing system, it can definitely help students with memorizing and perfecting pronunciation.

Now that we’ve covered how to explain Chinese characters to kids and why the written Chinese character system is not an alphabet, let’s take a look at a true alphabet that can be used for learning Chinese — the Pinyin alphabet.

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Explaining Chinese Writing to Kids: It’s Not an Alphabet

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Author’s Note: If you’re looking for a Chinese alphabet that resembles English, check out our article explaining Pinyin.

Many parents who visit our website are looking for a guide to help explain written Chinese to kids, often searching for information about a “Chinese Alphabet.” But while English speakers are used to writing using a phonetic system, written Chinese is not an alphabet, but instead a vast set of distinct characters that have an assigned pronunciation (or sometimes more than one pronunciations, based on usage and meaning).

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Free Learning Games for Kids Online

We recently discovered a useful website that features more than 272 educational games that are available online called Spree Games.

The games we tested out were all free to play online, and can be browsed by subject covering everything from Foreign Language (although nothing for learning Chinese as far as we can tell) to English, Science, Math, and much more.

The site is geared towards K-12 students, and also allows you to view games by age level and create lists of games by logging in and saving customized preferences.

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